Honors College Office of the Provost

Eagle Scholar Newsletter Volume 8 | Issue 9


Welcome Back! 

Welcome back to Auburn and the Honors College! Our director has a special message to our new and returning students. Be sure to take a moment to read about how to EXPERIENCE and ELEVATEyour spring semester.

A Cup at Cater – Welcome Back Coffee

Welcome back to campus – let’s celebrate with a cup of coffee, hot chocolate, or tea on us! We’ll have a variety of snacks and more importantly a place to visit with your fellow Honors students!

January 8 | Cater Hall | 7:45 – 10 am

Honors Forum Orientation

Students enrolled in Honors Forum (HONR 2077) are encouraged to attend the Honors Forum Orientation. There are two time options available (3:30 pm & 4 pm) on January 13, please choose the one that best fits your schedule.

(De)Stress with your favorite pups!

Join therapy dogs, Moose and Nessie, to de-stress during the middle of your busy week. Counselors from Student Counseling & Psychological Services along with the Honors College welcome you to take some time to pet puppies, enjoy refreshments, and learn more about self-care and stress management at Let Loose with Moose and De-Stressy with Nessie.

January 16 | Cater Hall Back Porch | 2 pm

Locke’s Life-Changing Experience

This semester Honors students are being asked how they can experience and elevate their college careers. Riley Locke, a sophomore in computer science and Honors College Ambassador from Clanton, Alabama, had a life-change experience last year with the Global Grand Challenge.

Honors College Film Series

The Honors College Film Series was developed to highlight contemporary issues in America.

Wig explores the origins and the influence of the historic Wigstock festival through rich archival footage, as well as provides a look into the contemporary drag movement that the festival served as a foundation for. Wig is a celebration of New York drag culture, and those personalities and performances that contribute to the ways we understand queerness, art, and identity today.

January 16 | Eagle Residence Hall | 8 pm

Teach explores America’s education system through the eyes, minds and hearts of its most essential resource, teachers.

January 21 | RBD Library 4035 | 3:30 pm 

Career Networking Opportunity in Huntsville Exclusively for Honors Students

February 22  | 1 – 4  pm | Hudson Alpha in Huntsville, Ala.

Save the date to engage in a career networking opportunity with some of Huntsville’s most dynamic and innovative companies. More information to come in upcoming newsletters!

Psyched for Success

Welcome Back!

We hope you had a restful and rejuvenating break and are ready to jump into an exciting spring semester. Student Counseling & Psychological Services Center (SCPS) provides a host of mental health services to Auburn University students to help you have your most successful year yet. These services include brief individual therapy, group therapy, workshops, drop-in groups, crisis support, and psychiatric services. We also offer Animal Assisted Therapy with our therapy dogs, Moose & Nessie! Read more about our services here: http://wp.auburn.edu/scs/

We also offer different drop-in resources that any AU student can take advantage of, even if you are not a client at SCPS. During the new year, we want to invite you to join us for:

Mindful Mondays: Join us on Mondays at 4pm in the Mind Body room at the Recreation and Wellness center for Mindful Mondays, a workshop focused on mindfulness practice to help you gain skills to lower stress levels. 

Zen Den: The Zen Den is our stress reduction haven, located at the SCPS office in Haley Center (in the basement, suite 0326). Enjoy a luxurious massage chair, biofeedback, light therapy, and more. Read more here: http://wp.auburn.edu/scs/zen-den/

Get Mov’n with Dr. Moose & Dr. Nessie: Join us on Monday mornings at 8am and Thursdays at 4pm outside the Starbucks at the Student Center for a 3-mile walk with our famous therapy dogs, Moose & Nessie! If you aren’t up for the 3 miles, no worries, join us for as little or as long as you like. 

Faculty: The Honor Your Teaching Course (Re)Design Academy

Eager for the chance to develop your dream course for a group of highly-engaged students? Want to share your passion for research with students who have the skills to meet the challenge? Ready to show students the wonders of a country you love? 

The Honors College is now offering a one-day intensive course (re)design academy intended to provide interested faculty members with the opportunity to hear from the unit’s leadership, current faculty and students, and other on-campus partners about the Honors College curriculum. Participants will learn about best practices in honors education and the logistics of the course proposal process. Faculty participants will also work in teams with faculty developers to begin designing a new, or re-designing an existing, honors course. Deadline to apply is Feb. 1, 2020.

Help Tiger Dining Establish a Nutrition Resource Center

This would be a space centrally-located on campus that would provide nutrition services to Auburn students. This would include food security services, counseling, seminars, workshops, and online outreach among other initiatives. Tiger Dining understands that while providing food options is crucial to the student experience, helping students to understand food and how it can help fuel your body is just as important. This is the need that Tiger Dining sees on campus, and it wants to be an agent in addressing that need. 

While Tiger Dining has some ideas of what this could be for Auburn students, they would love to get feedback from the students themselves on how they can best move forward on this project. In doing so, they have developed a survey that they would love for as many students as possible to complete. Tiger Dining  would love to get some insight from Honors College students on the project. The survey is completely anonymous and should not take more than 5 to 10 minutes to complete. 

Student Opportunities

Florida State Laws’ Summer for Undergraduates Program

FSU Law is currently accepting applications for this year’s ABA award-winning four-week summer law program that provides students with an in-depth look at law school and the legal profession.  Sixty students from across the country will be invited to participate in our 2020 program which will take place at the FSU College of Law in Tallahassee from June 1- June 26. 

The application deadline is April 1st, however, we encourage students to apply early as we are admitting on a rolling basis.   

Additional information, including the online application, is available on their website at www.law.fsu.edu/slp

Summer 2020 Teaching Fellow Application
The Breakthrough teaching fellow experience is designed for undergraduates of all majors and for those who intend to pursue careers in education, as well as those who haven’t yet considered it.  The opportunity is unlike any other available to undergraduates and our alumni are transformed by the experience. Education coursework is not a prerequisite. They seek applicants with a deep interest in social justice and a passion for working with students.

For more information and to apply: https://www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/apply-teacher/ 

Student Involvement

Mentor with SAM
The Student Association for Mentoring (SAM) is a club that pairs Auburn University students with local elementary school students in mentor-mentee relationships. Local guidance counselors select students who could benefit from extra academic support or personal guidance, and members provide this by visiting their mentees at school once a week. Over time, club members are able to promote their mentees’ academic, social, and emotional growth. SAM also partners with Esperanza House’s tutoring program, where mentors tutor elementary school through high school children from low-income, Hispanic families.

This club provides students with an excellent opportunity to positively impact a child’s life, serve the greater Auburn community, and gain experience working with children. If interested, please add them on AUInvolve or visit them on Jan. 13-14 during O-Week. 

For more information contact Natalie Conboy.

Be a Camp Counselor with Camp Kesem
Camp Kesem provides year-round support to kids who have been affected by a parent’s cancer, which includes giving a free week of camp to these children in the summer. In order to make this camp happen they need the help of Auburn students to volunteer their time as counselors.

For more information contact Michelle Waples, Camp Kesem Volunteer Co-Coordinator.

Last modified: January 7, 2020